Staff picks for Saturday's Colts-Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium
By The Baltimore Sun
Dec 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks about preparing to play against the Colts. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)
Staff picks for Saturday’s game between the Ravens and Colts at M&T Bank Stadium:
Ravens 31, Colts 14
Joe Flacco and Alex Collins should be effective against the Colts' defense, which is third worst overall and fourth worst in rush defense. The Colts struggle to score in the second half, when they average just 6.3 points to the Ravens' 12.4. With the Ravens in the playoff hunt and this being a meaningless road game for the Colts, it shouldn't be close.
This game always carries a somber tone for the folks who still remember the Colts when they were based in Baltimore. But the Ravens should give the home crowd plenty to get excited about against a team that is playing as if it’s stuck in the past.
The Colts will play hard for Chuck Pagano, but they just don't have the manpower right now to sustain four quarters of quality football. The Ravens will control the proceedings with their run game and opportunistic defense.